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Broadcast date : 9th April 2006

4,6 seconds, in case you were wondering. Thats the 0-100 benchmark time. 

The SMG box is a manual transmission with electro-hydraulic clutch actuation. No clutch pedal is great for the racetrack, but can make parking difficult and shifts jerky, depending on the programme used.

As for power, there is little doubt that BMWs M Division drew on its extensive F1 heritage in designing its production five-litre V10.

Its 373 kilowatt output translates to 75 kilowatts per litre, while its redline well beyond 8000 rpm is very high for a road-going engine, let alone a five-litre V10.

As for the transmission, there are different programmes to alter shift speed. Driven to the limit its satisfying to simply tug on a paddle shift and have the benefits of both a manual transmission and no shift pattern to worry about.

But at Reef altitude we sometimes battled for a quick getaway without the benefit of clutch control. 

The 6 Series coupe is our favourite modern BMW in terms of visual appeal. It has a fantastic balance between front and rear proportions and no superfluous design lines.

The LED taillights are neatly integrated into the rear wings, and for a coupe the 6 Series has an impressive amount of boot space.

There is a sense of purpose from all angles.

With the M6 version, distinguishing features include 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, larger rear air-dam with integrated diffuser, quad tailpipes and a deeper front air-dam with gaping air ducts. The M badges are icing on a tasty cake.


  • Engine: V10 petrol, 4 999 cc
  • Power: 373 Nm@ 7 750 rpm
  • Torque: 520 Nm @ 6 100 rpm
  • Transmission: Seven speed SMG, rear-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 4,6 seconds (claimed)
  • Top speed: 255 km/h (Electronically limited)
  • Fuel consumption: 15, 2 litres/100 km (estimated)
  • Price: R1 040 000
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